The Focus Must Be On GOP...
daily news digest today offers plenty of examples of the sort of on-going
scrutiny the public oughta' apply to all elected officials ... in
First Republican Calling For Impeachment
From the US House of Representatives
Justin Amash (R-MI) appears to be the
first member of the GOP to put a stake in the ground expressing his
dissatisfaction with President Trump. [source] Regarding his
Tweet (right) I
have no idea what AG Barr's intent may be, but I agree with Amash.
misrepresented the Mueller Report, and I think Trump's conduct warrants
much deeper investigation which his administration is currently
obstructing. Those not abiding by Congressional Subpoenas should be
charged with crimes - Barr, Steven Mnuchin - Treasury Sec't, Charles Rettig
- Commissioner of the IRS ... each should be taken to court and forced to
produce the material requested by Congress. BTW: I found the responses
on Twitter to Justin's posting to be rich & representative of the American
public - there were a dozen or more reasonable replies essentially thanking
him for taking a stand ... but as expected there are more than a few
examples of harebrained thinking ... one person tried to connect the dots to
the House Benghazi investigation (which found nothing after 4+ yrs of
"investigation"). Overall I am not surprised but I am
disappointed many members of Congress
haven't bothered to read the Mueller Report ... chances are they're the same
creeps who are saying the "investigation is over". No, Mr. McConnell
... it's far from being over. For those readers who also haven't read
the report: see my "library" on right-hand column, item #8.
Michigan’s bridges are bad
The Detroit Free Press provides a detailed report on the state of our
bridges (and roads) in Michigan and the country as a whole - the report
includes a searchable map
wondering where the most dangerous Michigan bridges are located which you or your family may encounter on
a regular basis. I discovered I cross one such bridge that is rated "poor" each time
I drive to Goodrich, a cute lil' village just East of us. The bridge
in question is on Baldwin Rd. over Thread Creek. Another local bridge
rated "poor" carries far more traffic: it's the SB bridge connecting
I-475 with SB I-75.
How does this happen? Neglect. We can "thank"
our Republican controlled state legislature for inadequate funding -
fortunately voters put a smart woman in the Governor's mansion this past
Gretchen Whitmer has several proposals pending to begin fixing our
problems with roads & bridges ... but predictably, the GOP controlled
legislature is resisting, just as they are resisting common-sense auto
insurance reform. Folks, we need to put a shovel in the ground and
stop waiting for Republicans to act before citizens are injured in the next
bridge catastrophe. It's time to take a stand.
Republicans have rigged Michigan's last 4 elections...
... "They want to rig one more" ... so says Brian Dickerson, the mostly brilliant
editorial writer for the Detroit Free Press. "In a unanimous ruling, the panel concluded that the Republican legislators and the Republican governor who drew Michigan's current political boundaries after the 2010 census had broken the law to give their party's legislative and congressional candidates an unfair advantage in every election since.
An illegal advantage."
An illegal advantage ... and yes, it was a Republican scheme. The case will likely be appealed to the
Supreme Court. Will the majority of Associate Justices appointed by
Republicans prevail? Michigan voters passed, overwhelmingly, a
referendum to have an independent commission be responsible after 2021 to
revise/redraw Michigan's districts to ensure boundaries do not favor any political party
... but what about the 2020 election?
79% of Americans Favor "Choice"
The reality is that more than 7 in 10 Americans support Roe vs. Wade and the right to legal abortion.
Legislative action in multiple states is likely a desperate effort by
Republicans who see their clout & influence in decline. Before you
respond: "Trump was elected and Republicans hold a majority in something
like 29 state legislatures" consider that Clinton won the popular vote by
more than 3 million, and many states are in court fighting claims of
gerrymandered districts ... including Michigan. Republicans &
religious wing-nuts want
to make it illegal for a woman to have an abortion ... soon! Before
they lose control of the White House & Congress. They see the
handwriting on the wall as Republicans are destined to become the minority
party just as Anglo-white folk are about to become the minority ethnic
designation in coming years. The
aforementioned Freep Editorial Director,
Dickerson, published an
column this past week that should be cut
out and posted above every water cooler in the state ... or clipped and
mailed to your crazy Uncle Harry who just loves for government, not women
themselves, to determine laws that govern reproductive health in this